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2015 UKHC

by Jean


During the early 2000s, Belgium and Netherlands were kind like a Mecca for Euro hardcore. Bands like NO TURNING BACK or TRUE COLORS, just to name a few, were at their peak and, althought I guess that spirit still exists in all-time NTB audience considering their latest LP “Never Give Up” (released a few months ago on Take Control Records and Kick Out The Jams) and Gert Jacobs (TC) latest band NOT AFRAID, it seems in 2015, England has turned into the epicentre of European conscious punk music especially if, like your (French) servant, you’re into the whole current “concept” of UK Hardcore.
(NB: I’m not a geography teacher so forgive me if these bands do not actually cover the entire United Kingdom map like former punk bands in 1980s Finland for example).

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Crucial Records #10 : Turning Point – Its Always Darkest … Before The Dawn

By Tieuma


Another great record that carries a passed out name. Even though I never met nor knew Skip, but I got to say that TURNING POINT, GODSPEED and the other bands that he sung in are huge influences for me, and for this reason, I want to dedicate this issue to his memory.

 It was hard to pick something from their discography, their sound evolved a lot in a short period of time, and each record has something special. I even considered reviewing the discography released on Jade Tree to get through everything this band has brought to me, and obviously, as they helped shaping the 90’s hardcore sound.

But I’m still skeptical about that BULLDOZE review I did, and the point of those reviews are not to speak about how a band was crucial, but which of their records struck me the most, and in a sens of coherence, I finally picked up this LP. One of the first argument is that it was released on New Age Records, no need to extend myself on this point, but it’s already meaningful and one day, maybe you’ll see an article about New Age Records here or somewhere else. Continue reading

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A tribute to 1988 #3

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Door Bolted Shut : In memory of Sarah Kirsch (1970 – December 5, 2012)

By Tieuma

One of my favorite era of hardcore are the nineties for sure, and maybe I’m saying this all over again but be prepared to read this, a lot, because I’ll write it down again. Aside from the fact there was the most variety of sounds, it was also the most prolific era both politicaly and ideologically, leading to a lot of things, sometime a bit weird but some others really great. And you’ll know I prefer my jam with deeper thoughts.

If I’m telling you this, it’s because two years ago, the hardcore community lost Bay Area’s Sarah Kirsch (formerly known as Mike Kirsch) and this individual sure belonged to the second category. She wrote and played most of my favorite songs in hardcore punk and was active until the end in a scene she sure loved, carrying positive and constructive ideas through her music.

She played in numerous bands, mostly Ebullition style jam or early Lookout! punk rock oriented, all great bands. I won’t review them all, I’ll just pick a few of my favorites one, but be sure to check out the list of all her bands I’ll put at the end of this article it’s totally worth it, even if you’re not into this kind of sound, we’re talking history right here.

Fuel – Monuments To Excess LP (1990) | Cargo Recs & Ebullition Recs

This right here is actually one of my favorite LP she was involved in. Out in 1990 on Cargo Records and repressed by Ebullition records, I do think it’s a milestone for nineties emo, with heartfelt guitar playing and rough vocals on enligtened lyrics. Some people say it sounds a lot like early Hot Water Music, personnally I can’t make this kind of connection, important emo release nonetheless.

Sawhorse – S/T EP (1991) | Ebullition Recs

I think this band is the direct evolution of Fuel, both sound and lyrics. Also released on Ebullition records, they had a short lifetime, do not mistake with the 2008 band, there no link between those two. Sarah played guitar and sung, I assume she also wrote the lyrics by the look of it, but i’m not certain. There’s also the two Give Me Back comp. track on the youtube video. Which is propably their whole discography.

Navio Forge – As We Quietly Burn A Hole Into LP (1993) | Shadow Catcher Recs.

A very short lived band, only one release, and what a very intense one. Sarah only played guitar in this band, messier riffs than the previous bands but still piercing right through the heart. This time, Sean Linwood was on the lyrics duty and it’s really deep, there’s even a legend as he was crying during the recording of Yellow And Fed, I don’t hear it but it’s possibly true.

Torches To Rome – S/T LP (1999) | Ebullition Recs

 More noisy punk rock oriented, as if Sarah grew a love for weird riffs and arangements through the years. Powerfull stuff , the more I listen to it the better it gets. This time I think she wrote everything, even the lyrics, which are in the same direction than her previous band : passionate and involved  So called best Kirsch band, almost true though, 8 of the greatest songs out at the time.

John Henry West – S/T EP (1994) | Gravity Recs.

Last but not least, Gravity Records n°8, the harsher band of the genre, and released on this precise label, you know what it means. What a great piece of work, the best band she played in period, way over Torches To Rome. This is actually some intense product, with a more aggressive sound and more straight to the point lyrics. Well it’s not a youth crew records but it’s a little more hardhitting. For me, this EP is insane and shows how much Sarah can go for melodic punk rock to more violent and aggressive sound.

(Love that Verbal Assault shirt.)

 As said above, she played in a handful of other bands, be sure to check it out at least one time.

The Skinflutes (guitar and backing vocals, 1988–89)
Fifteen (second guitar on s/t 7”, 1990)
Silver Bearing (vocals on split LP with Moss Icon, 1990)
Pinhead Gunpowder (guitar and vocals, 1990–1994)
Sixteen Bullets (guitar and vocals, 1994)
Bread and Circuits (guitar and vocals, 1998–1999)
Please Inform the Captain This Is a Hijack (guitar/vocals/samples/beats, 2000–2003)
Colbom (guitar and backing vocals, 2001)
Baader Brains (guitar and backing vocals, 2005–2010)
Mothercountry Motherfuckers (guitar and vocals, 2010–2012)

I’ll throw there my favorite live footage of her bands, but there’s plenty on Youtube if you’re curious.

(Baader Brains and Mothercountry Motherfucker were weird bands, but I’d really wanted to witness them live once, because it looks awesome from this footage. Sorry for the shitty sound quality.)

This is more or less the musical story of an individual that inspires me through hardcore. Among ohers of course, but she got a huge impact both musically and ideologically. She also wrote down some articles for Maximum Rock’n’Roll back then, if you can find them it’s worth reading it.

R.I.P Sarah Kirsch.

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Goodbye 2014

By Tieuma

It’s nearly the end of the year, and sometimes, I just feel like I’m too young for this. I mean, all around me, there’s people saying “I did my time, it’s not worth it/Hardcore was better before/you haven’t seen as much as I did” and the list goes on. So yeah, I enjoy mostly every piece of records I get my hands on, or my ears only thanks to the internet era, and maybe I lack taste, but I’ll be fine with it, don’t worry.

So here’s my way-too-hard-to-chose list of records for 2014. It’s mostly hardcore because it’s the purpose of this blog, you know. It’s only a top ten, because I had to put limits to it.

LPs :

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Give – Electric Flower Circus LP | Moonflower Recs. & Adagio 830 Recs.

You can’t be wrong with this band, it’s a beautiful piece of work, as everytime, which was worth the wait, like and updated version of Rites Of Spring.

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Not Afraid – Locked Out LP | Powered Recs. & React! Recs.

Justice and True Colors splitting way before I could even attend their last show, I got Not Afraid and I’m glad for it. Just pure golden belgium youth crew. You can’t be wrong with them.

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Cold world – How The Gods Chill LP | Deathwish Inc.

Well, you know the name. It’s not better than the previous one, which is a more or less impossible task, but it’s as good. Even with this super clean sound.

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Barren – Anachronism LP | Cobra Recs & Hidden Rainbow Recs.

I got a goddamn probelm with the nineties hardcore. And much more with the ChugChug Unbroken-inspired Vegan Straight Edge type. Underrated band.

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Renounced – The Melancholy We Ached LP | Carry The Weight Recs

And I’m also totally crazy about 7Angels 7Plagues, and this band does it the best way possible, mixed with a bit of early PoisonTheWell.

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Bâton Rouge – Totem LP | Pure Pain Sugar Recs. & Bakery Outlet Recs.

I saw them this summer and I was disapointed by their set, and it took me time to get into this records, but finaly I enjoy it way too much, it’s really keeping this french emo vibe alive.

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Angel Du$t – A.D LP | React! Recs.

Someone told me this band started as a joke, but what a joke man. Maryland knows how to party.

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Hank Wood and The Hammerheads – Stay Home !! | La Vida Es Un Mus Recs. & Toxic State Recs.

Hank Wood knows the right way to make crazy hardcore punk. Also, don’t play it like me taking the advice of the records title properly, if they play a gig on your city, be sure to go there, totally worth it I think.

Battle Ruins – S/T LP | Rock N’ Roll Disgrace Recs.

That’s what happen when you take the members of killer boston bands, put them together and let them create. It’s just astonishing. I’m coming back, got to crush down some skulls on a viking battlefield.

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Ritual Mess – Vile Art LP | Clean Plate Recs.

Will Killingsworth and Jayson Green on the same team after a long time, to put out some Antioch Arrow-inspired hardcore. Maybe I’m blinded by the fact it’s Orchid members, but I just can’t stop listening to it.




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S.H.I.T. – Collective Unconsciousness EP | Iron Lung Recs.

Everything is in bands name. Shit this is violent shit, and shit. No seriously, Iron Lung Records rip it off this year. A lot of good release.

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Fury – Kingdom Come EP | Triple B Recs.

Really dig the style of this band, like a nerd supergroup or something, trying to always step higher every release. I don’t know why, but this band kind of remind me of Lion Of Judah, even though it’s nothing close to it. Again, I don’t know why.

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Cave State – S/T EP | To Live A Lie Recs.

Listening to this, the only word that comes to my mind is primitive, like cavemans hitting shit around. And when a Powerviolence band does that, well it’s a quality seal.

Pura Mania – La Estafa Musical EP | CV Recs.

Hm, I’m not really sure of what the fuck is this, but it got me banging hard, for unexplained reasons. Give it a try, seriously.

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Misled Youth – S/T EP | Society Bleeds Recs. & Refuse Recs.

When I ordered stuff from the band, one of the members put a copy of one of his diploma on the package. Weird enough to say I’m still stocked on this DC blood.

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(End of a Year)  Self Defense Family – I Tried To Make Something You Would Enjoy EP | Triple B Recs.

Once again, the sick pack put out a ton of stuff this year, and I had to choose beteween of them or all of them would be on this list. So I randomly picked to be honest, but if you know the band, it’s all equaly good.

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Nudes – Stain EP | Iron Lung Recs.

I dig hardcore that make me feel something, anything, and this one makes me feel terribly unconfortable, at this point it’s too sick to close my eyes on it. Damn.

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Institution – Uncritical Receiver EP | Black Embers Recs.

 Strife oriented 90’s hardcore. I won’t explain it again. Grizzly City killers.

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Harm Done – S/T EP | Straight And Alert Recs.

I was waiting for Sex Prisoner to put out something, insted I got this, which is way better actually because it’s quality nowadays powerviolence from europe that just doesn’t only mimic american bands. Stomp shit up.

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Headroom – Carry Me Away EP | Dogknights Prod.

A great records from Dogknights Production, from a band I discovered at this Title Fight show where Justice was bought back to life, and it carried me away.




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Upperground – The Upperground Sound CS | Life.Lair.Regret Recs

It’s like a female fronted Cold World mixed with Cro-Mags. Well played and cool lyrics. Australia’s on top.

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Dilate – Demo CS | Self-Released

Dumber and angrier version of The Impalers, with this 70’s sci-fi arts on the tape, it’s a total win win. I wish there was more songs on the records.


Pyka – Too Femme Too Furious CS | Self-Released

What a mess, but important lyrics. I love my queer bands, and its over the top. I’ve heard they are on a break since one of them left for Louisiana, too bad.

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Red Death – Demo CS | Flophouse Tapes & Carry The Weight Recs.

Features members of Coke Bust and many more bands and they are pissed. Thrash your face off.

Ajax – Bleach For Breakfast CS | Self-Released

New York’s young Totalitär. And that freaking drummer is a war machine, unbelivable, but what give this demo so much power is its indolance, just play loud and fast like it would be everyday routine. I didn’t tried it for breafast though.

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Revision – Demo CS | D2C Recs.

Youth Of Today bumped into Mental. I know it sounds cliché/classic to say so, but it’s actually damn cool with a lot of great ideas, they chose the right name.

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Jack Move – Demo CS | Straight And Alert Recs.

If you’re into Boston 2K jam or Breakdown. Great jam from Paris. Also, there was a whole debatee that went really far about which break was the hardest on the records. Insane.

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Free At Last – What’s Inside Four Walls CS | Mosher’s Delight Recs.

Another band that fueled my nineties hardcore problem, Turning Point feeling mostly and it’s for the best. Solid and powerful release.

Bricklayer – Demo CS | Self-Released

Barbaric work for this classic but crazy blend of American Oï and hardcore punk, makes you turns in rampage mode. Short but intense songs, and even when one last after 3′, it’s a blast.

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 Iron Lung – Cold Storage II CS | Iron Lung Recs.

35 songs for 29 minutes of music, that’s pretty fair to me. Iron Lung is a sick band playing sick music, very unique and neck breaking, more or less.

Hope you enjoyed it, and buy those things while it’s still avaible, but it’s only a personal advice.

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